If you haven't heard already, you can add Christmas trees to the growing list of things with skyrocketing prices, all blames on shortages.

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

The Tannenbaum-tag-shock obviously doesn't have to do with shipments from China stuck on a boat off the coast of California, as far as the real-variety is concerned.  Newsday reports there are several factors driving up the cost. A notable driver of the high-cost of conifers is the over-the-top sales last year during the first Christmas of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Market-watchers have said tree buyers should expect to pay between 10% and 30% more for both live trees and artificial trees this year and also have a smaller selection to choose from.

The artificial trees are being impacted by manufacturing and shipping issues between China and the U.S.

Experts also tell Newsday that farmers struggling after the economic recession in 2009 planted fewer trees for several years, and demand has been rising in the last several years.

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